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Hentgen snaps five-game losing streak with win

BALTIMORE (AP) -- With an assist from Baltimore's maligned
bullpen, Pat Hentgen ended his own five-game streak and helped the
Orioles build one of their own.

Hentgen took a four-hitter into the seventh inning and B.J.
Surhoff homered as Baltimore won its fifth straight Monday night,
3-2 over the Texas Rangers.

Jay Gibbons and Jeff Conine also drove in runs for the Orioles, whose winning streak is their longest since a five-game run in May
2001.

Hentgen (2-5) allowed two runs and six hits over 6 1/3 innings
to snap a career-high five-game skid. The former Cy Young award
winner was winless since May 17.

"You sit there and look at your record and go, gosh, 1-5, I've
got to turn it around," Hentgen said.

He did, thanks heavily to a bullpen that bounced back after
allowing five runs in the ninth inning Sunday against Anaheim and
was 4-13 with a 5.70 ERA over the previous 60 games.

After Texas chased Hentgen in the seventh, the Orioles' one-run
lead remained intact. With two on and one out, B.J. Ryan struck out
Hank Blalock before Hector Carrasco fanned Alex Rodriguez on a 3-2
pitch.

"Carrasco and Ryan are the story of tonight's game, coming in
with runners on first and second and facing their 3-4 guys,"
Hentgen said. "They just did a great job picking me up and picking
our team up."

Jorge Julio worked the ninth for his 22nd save, the fourth
during the Orioles' current streak. Four of the five wins have been
by one run.

"We've been able to win games with our gloves, our pitching and
timely hitting," Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. "You need
all those things during the course of a 162-game season."

Texas used successive two-out RBI singles by Einar Diaz and
Michael Young to take a 2-0 lead in the second, but it turned out
to be the Rangers' lone offensive salvo.

"Hentgen is the type of guy that may give up a couple early,"
Texas manager Buck Showalter said, "but you look around the sixth
or seventh inning and he's still out there, giving his team a
chance to win."

Surhoff led off the third inning with his third home run, the
first since June 12. It was only the fifth homer allowed by R.A.
Dickey (4-5) in 48 innings this season.

Baltimore went up 3-2 in the fourth. Luis Matos hit a leadoff
single and David Segui doubled before Conine hit a run-scoring
grounder and Gibbons singled in a run.

Dickey, making his second major league start, allowed three runs
and six hits in six innings.

"I felt like if I could have taken two pitches back, I could
have thrown a complete game shutout," Dickey said.

Game notes
After the game, the Orioles optioned OF Jack Cust to
Triple-A Ottawa. The team intends to call up LHP Eric DuBose on
Tuesday. ... The career-high 10-game hitting streak of Texas' Mark
Teixeira ended with an 0-for-3 performance. ... The Orioles
purchased the contract of catcher Robert Machado from Ottawa. ...
The Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Robert Ellis, recalled
LHP Erasmo Ramirez from Triple-A Oklahoma, optioned RHP Ryan Drese
to Oklahoma and designated LHP Tony Mounce for assignment. ... Juan
Gonzalez has returned to Texas to receive treatment for a strained
right calf. ... Texas' Laynce Nix went 0-for-4 with three
strikeouts and is 3-for-27 (.111) to start his big league career.